Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
Critic Consensus: Though somewhat uneven in places, Fifty Dead Men Walking is a gripping portrayal of Ireland's violent history, carried by the strong performances of its lead actors.
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Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.
Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope.
Audience Reviews for Fifty Dead Men Walking
It's The Departed meets Spy Game. A first-rate, stylish and adrenaline-charged edge of your seat thriller. It packs pure powerhouse thrills and suspense from beginning to end. A masterpiece. A heart-pounding, shocking, spellbinding and absolutely breathtaking movie that you just have to see. An unforgettable and darkly realistic thriller of the finest kind. A highly stylized and explosively well-made film. Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley give electrifying performances, they have raw and exciting chemistry. Sturgess gives a breakout performance that shines of movie star caliber. Kingsley is brilliant, showing why he is one of the most professional and commanding actors around.
A decent thriller based on a true story of a member of the IRA who passed information on the the British special service. I don't think it helped that I didn't know what the film was about and it took about 20mins into the film to get a good idea of what was going on. It's well acted and an interesting story especially as based on real events. However the isn't a great deal of action and it is a little long as well. ok but not great.
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Rose McGowan, Kevin Zegers, Nathalie Press, Nick Dunning, William Houston, Gavin O'Connor, Nathan Hughes, Kris Edlund Director: Kari Skogland Summary: Belfast hood Martin (Jim Sturgess) is recruited by a British agent (Ben Kingsley) to infiltrate the IRA during the height of the Northern Irish conflict and quickly becomes embroiled in a dangerous game that could cost him his life if his secret is found out. As other informers are brutally murdered, Martin starts to look for a way out, but his handler urges him to stay undercover in this taut political thriller based on a true story. My Thoughts: "This is a very well done film, with a great cast and script. Having it based on true events is what makes this story that much more compelling. Jim Sturgess, did a great job and held his own with Mr. Ben Kingsley, who without having to say it but I will, was brilliant. I love Kevin Zegers as well and thought he pulled off the Irish accent very well. It's a very gritty film and with the way it begins, it definitely catches you and holds to the end. You know it comes to a bloody ending from the beginning. So that was a smart way to hold the audiences attention til the end. The story is just sad on both sides. Being American, I don't have a full understanding of the Northern Irish conflict with the British. But I do know that, from the film, Martin McGartland, was just trying to save lives on both ends. He made a great sacrifice with not only his life, but of his families too. *SPOILER* The scene where he's sitting in the car and watching his girlfriend and son knowing it will be his last time seeing them, well that was just heartbreaking. *END OF SPOILER* It's definitely an interesting watch. So see it if you haven't."
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